Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Today is February 5th, the 36th day of 2015. There are 329 days left in the year.


Clock ticking on champion Kings' playoff hopes.

Senators' Phillips cherishing games-played milestone.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor-director-comedian Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show) is 67. Laura Linney (The Big C, The Truman Show, Mystic River) is 51. Singer Bobby Brown is 46. Darren Criss (Glee) is 28.


St. Louis, MO. -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper praises his team for the way it played on Tuesday night in St. Louis and likes the drive and desire his team has right now.

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THANKS FOR THE WEATHER - Today is Weatherperson’s Day.


U.S. National Under-18 Team Opens U18 Five Nations With
5-4 Shootout Victory Over Sweden
Roslovic Registers Two Goals, Assist in Win
KRAVARE, Czech Republic -- Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio) scored twice and added one assist, and goaltender Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.) made 24 saves as the U.S. National Under-18 Team used the shootout to knock off Sweden, 5-4, in its opening game of the 2015 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament here today.
Goals by Roslovic and Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas) in the first period helped the U.S. build a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Roslovic started the scoring by tapping home a power-play goal from the edge of the crease 9:24 into the contest. With the United States set up in the offensive zone, Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) swatted a loose puck out to Joe Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) at the blue line. Masonius settled the pass and quickly fired it towards the net, where it hit a leg in front and popped to the right of the net for Roslovic to slam into the yawning cage. Then, at 12:05, Jones pinched in from the left point and sent a shot through Swedish goaltender Daniel Marmenlind to make it 2-0 USA. Tkachuk and Roslovic earned assists on the play.
The Swedes rallied and scored an early second-period power-play goal to cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, but Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.) responded to allow Team USA to retake a two-goal lead. After ​Tage Thompson (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) left a pass for Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) just inside the blue line, Kunin wheeled around the outside and fed Warren on the backdoor. Warren one-timed the puck into the corner of the net. Team Sweden connected for two late goals in the frame to even the score at 3-3 at the second intermission.
Roslovic notched his second of the game from almost the identical spot as his first-period marker just 4:04 into the third stanza. With Team USA on the power play, Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) chipped the puck towards the goal. It hit a man in front, trickled to the right and right to Roslovic, who turned and shot it off the Team Sweden goaltender to give the U.S. a 4-3 edge. ​Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) also assisted on the goal. The Swedes managed to tie the game with a goal in the final two minutes of regulation, forcing overtime.
Neither team scored in the five-minute extra session, but Tkachuk and Matthews found the back of the net in the shootout and Opilka stopped both Sweden attempts to clinch the victory for Team USA.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team continues play in the 2015 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament Friday (Feb. 6) when it takes on Russia. Puck-drop is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET.
Notes: Roslovic was named the U.S. player of the game ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 37-28 ... The U.S. went two-for-eight with the man-advantage, while Team Sweden connected on two of its six power-play tries ... Tournament information, including schedules, news, scores and stats, can be found at the official website of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Additionally, the NTDP will provide live updates from all U.S. games in both tournaments via Twitter (@usantdp). Join the conversation on social media by using hashtags #U18FiveNations,#U17FiveNations and #NTDP ... The U.S. is the defending champion at the U18 Five Nations Tournament and has won the event seven times (1999, 2005, 2007-09, 2011, 2014).
2015 Under-18 Five Nations TournamentFeb. 4-8 | Kravare and Poruba, Czech Republic
DateOpponentTime (ET)
Wed., Feb. 4SwedenW, 5-4 (SO)
Fri., Feb. 6Russia12:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 7Finland10:00 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 8Czech Republic12:00 p.m.

U.S. National Under-17 Team Falls to Russia, 6-0,
in Five Nations Tournament 

Team USA Will Look to Regroup Against Finland Tomorrow
DMITROV, Russia - The U.S. National Under-17 Team outshot Russia, but ultimately fell, 6-0, to the host country here tonight at Dmitrov Arena. With the setback, Team USA’s record dropped to 1-1 at the 2015 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
Russia tallied the game’s first goal on the power play, centering a pass for the tip-in at 8:36 of the opening frame. Team USA had killed off nearly four minutes of a major penalty before the score. The U.S. found itself down, 2-0, after Russia knocked a rebound into the cage at 2:01, moments after time expired on a United States power play.
Two additional power-play strikes by the Russians in the second stanza doubled the deficit for Team USA, who trailed 4-0 heading into the third period.
Russia added two markers and held the United States to five shots in the final frame to claim the victory.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues tournament play tomorrow (Feb. 5) against Finland. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Notes: Team USA outshot Russia, 20-15 ... The U.S. went 0-4 on the power play while the Russians went 3-10 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores for live scoring updates from the tournament. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #U17FiveNations ... Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team, is leading the squad in Russia, along with assistant coach John Gruden and intern assistant coach Tyler Walsh ... All 22 players on the roster are from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... For the complete Under-17 Team roster, click here ... Team USA claimed first place in last year's tournament held in Sundsvall, Sweden ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit
2015 Under-17 Five Nations TournamentFeb. 3-6 | Dmitrov, Russia
DateOpponentTime (ET) / Result
Tues., Feb. 3Czech RepublicW, 3-1
Wed., Feb. 4RussiaL, 6-0
Thurs., Feb. 5Finland10:00 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 6Sweden10:00 a.m.

USA Shuts Out Canada, 2-0, in World Sled Hockey Challenge
Landeros scores twice and Cash makes 13 saves in the victory
LEDUC, Alberta – Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored twice and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 13 saves as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team shut out Canada, 2-0, tonight in preliminary round action at the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge.
"I thought we played very strong for two and a half periods but lost our composure a bit in the third," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "Our goals tonight show that anything can happen when we get the puck on net."
Both teams exchanged chances in front of a sellout crowd until Landeros scored with just over a minute left in the first period. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) won the faceoff in Canada’s zone allowing Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) the chance to collect the puck and send it to the point where Landeros fired a shot top shelf.
After a scoreless second stanza, Landeros pushed Team USA’s lead to 2-0 with 6:09 left in the third period when his shot from above the hash marks found the back of the net. Farmer’s second assist of the game gave him his tournament-leading seventh point.
With the win, Team USA advances from preliminary round action with a perfect 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record for the first time in tournament play.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be back in action tomorrow (Feb. 5) when it squares off with Korea in the semifinal round of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. ET and can be seen live on
2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge • Team USA Schedule
Feb. 1-7 - Leduc, Alberta - Leduc Recreation Centre
DateOpponentTime (ET)/Result
Sun., Feb. 1RussiaW, 3-2
Mon., Feb. 2KoreaW, 8-1
Wed., Feb. 4CanadaW, 2-0
Thurs., Feb. 5Korea (Semifinal)2:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 7Third-Place Game2:00 p.m.
Championship Game7:00 p.m.
NOTES: Nikko Landeros was named the U.S. Player of the Game … Landeros (2-3—5), Declan Farmer (2-5– 7) and Brody Roybal (3-1—4) have points in all three games … The shutout was the first of the tournament for Steve Cash, extending his all-time shutout mark to 28 … Team USA outshot Canada, 21-13 … For full game statistics, click here … For complete Team USA coverage, click here … Follow @USAHockeyScores for in-game updates. Join the World Sled Hockey Challenge conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WSHC.


On this date in 1846, "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.


Video: Evaluation process has begun in B.C.

Sanders re-ups with the Stamps.

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A zoo in Pittsburgh has been ordered to stop using dogs to herd its elephants. It stresses the elephants. [The zoo has also been told to stop using the elephants to tow illegally parked cars.]


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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On this date in 1881, Phoenix, Arizona was incorporated.


Corvallis, OR. -- 2015 Oregon State Football Signees.

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On this date in 1924, the BBC time signals, or "pips", from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour.


Me and my favorite miniature human!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as rain, rain and more rain, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - 
Elvis Presley recorded a cover of Arthur Gunter's "Baby Let's Play House", "I Got A Woman" and "Trying to Get to You". 

1965 - Exotic dancer "Little Egypt" filed suit against Paramount Pictures and Elvis Presley Music in the New York Supreme Court. She claimed she was owed damages because she owned the rights to the song "Roustabout." She lost the case. 

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived in Los Angeles and began living in his new home in Bel Air. 

1968 - The Presley family went home to Graceland after the birth of Lisa Marie. 

1975 - Vernon Presley had a heart attack and was admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Elvis was in the hospital already. The public was told that Elvis was undergoing tests for a "liver problem." 

1976 - Elvis Presley recorded "Danny Boy." 

1977 - Elvis Presley's reissue of the 1962 single "Suspicion" hit #9 in the U.K. 


In a new survey almost 85% of millennials consider online flirting a form of cheating.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
Baroness Erisso approached Brian Epstein about signing her daughter, Marianne Faithfull, to NEMS Enterprises. 

1967 - The Beatles shot clips for "Penny Lane." 


With its new Come Back To The Sea Super Bowl ads, Carnival Cruises has angered creationists, who believe the company is promoting evolution in its invitation to head for the ocean (and onto one of its giant ships). The issue stems from the ad’s voiceover, which borrows a speech that President John F. Kennedy made before the 1962 America’s Cup. | VIDEO


Today in Sports History:

1943 - 
Mervyn "Red" Dutton was named the new NHL president. Frank Calder had died the day before. 

1950 - Dick Irvin (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL coach to win 500 games. He ended his career with 690 wins. 

1972 - Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. 

1977 - Sugar Ray Leonard won his first pro fight. He beat Luis Vega in 6 rounds. 

1988 - The first time in 30 years a wrestling match was aired in prime-time. Andre the Giant beat Hulk Hogan in the match. 

1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first NBA player to score 38,000 points. 

1990 - NBC-TV obtained the television rights to all of Notre Dame's home football games for the next five years. Notre Dame was the first school to sell its games to a major TV network. 

1991 - Dave Taylor (Los Angeles Kings) became only the 29th NHL player to score 1,000 career points. 

1994 - Peter Bondra (Washington Capitals) became the 10th player in NHL history to score four goals in one period. 

1997 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) became the seventh player to score 600 career goals. 

1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release. 

2003 - Bob Knight (Texas Tech) coached his 800th victory. 

2003 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) got his 600th career assist making him only the second American-born player to get 400 goals and 600 assists. Jeremy Roenick was the first American-born player to achieve the feat. 

2006 - The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. It was the fifth Super Bowl victory for the Steelers. Jerome Bettis announced his retirement after the game.


A guy in China desperate to charge his phone ended up disrupting traffic after he plugged his mobile into a traffic light. Officers found the man had opened the light’s switch box and unplugged the controller in order to charge his phone.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 8:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings 5:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:00pm 

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 12:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks 5:00pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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